Thursday, June 14, 2018

Back to Blogging, Maybe?

I have been asked many times for the past couple of months why I am not blogging?

To be frank, I am not sure.

I have several posts half way completed, so maybe I shall complete them and post them.

I get frustrated with blogging and bloggers. Mostly bloggers. It is as if they are all commercial now -- their pages full of ads, they get tons of free stuff and blog about using those items in their homes.

One woman whom I started reading years ago before she was anyone, was able to buy and remodel a whole house using items for free. the personal nature of her original blogs entries have faded into a commercialized page of stuff no one wants.

Others seem to specialize -- only cooking, recipes, Keto, gluten-free.
Or fitness, fashion, and style.
Or photos, decorating, frugality, children.

Perhaps my thoughts and interests are too broad to be a successful blogger?

I am not sure.

In the meantime, I think I will polish up those half-completed posts and send them along.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Cowboy Boots

It has been a while. Sorry readers -- sometimes life in gets in the way of blogging.

Today I want to talk about Cowboy Boots.

I love cowboy boots.
Some people say they are in fashion; some say they are out of fashion. But for most boots lovers they are always in fashion.

Acredale Saddlery

Nothing is cuter than a girl in a darling little dress with a pair of boots.

The Country Girl


The Highland Fashionista loves them – calls them the American Wellies.

And if you like bling, this woman has bling for you!!
Jacqi Bling

But what happens to the old boots? Some of us keep them forever and continue to wear them; others get creative. The following pictures were found on Pinterest.

How about a purse made from the boot tops?


Or redecorate the tops.

One note about cowboy boots: do not buy used. 

Full leather boots conform to your feet over time, so used boots have formed to someone else's feet and will never be 100% comfortable for you.

But..... new good looking boots cost a lot of money. 

Yes, they cost a fortune but they last for years and years and years.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Greystone Inn at Lake Toxaway

Is another one going to bite the dust?

The historic Greystone Inn  has been a destination for tourists since 1903. Tucked away on the shores of Lake Toxaway in the heart of western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, the setting is quaint and relaxed.

In 2016, the Greystone Inn was closed and up for sale. This makes me sad. I have sat on that beautiful porch overlooking the tranquil lake and felt so at peace. Yeah, it was not trendy. And yeah, there are some age issues. But the beauty and ambiance out weighed any minor discomforts.

The Inn was originally the home of Lucy Camp Armstrong Moltz, of Savannah, who came to Toxaway and built a mansion on the lake and was only able to enjoy her lakeside home for one year before the dam broke.  Built in 1915 and carefully restored in 1985, Lucy Moltz’s home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In her lifetime she witnessed the failure of the lake and then the rebuilding many years later.  

Before her death in 1970 she sold the home, called Hillmont, to the Lake Toxaway Company because she “wanted it to be used by many people; that’s the way it should be.”  Today it is known as Greystone Inn and reflects the elegant lifestyle of wealthy Southerners who spent their summers in the mountains.

Lucy Armstrong Moltz lived at Lake Toxaway until her death in 1970 at age 85.

The house should be saved since it is on the National Register of Historic Places. But too much "improvement" will destroy something wonderful.

As of this writing, the Greystone in is under contract for $5,500,00.00. We shall see how it goes.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Ukraine with all the struggles and set backs is still a very proud country.

On May 18, 2016, Ukraine will celebrate Vyshyvanka Day.

It is a nationwide celebration intended to preserve ancestral traditions of creating and wearing embroidered ethnic clothing. And their clothing is beautiful. This holiday is celebrated on the third Thursday of May.

Vyshyvanka  is the colloquial name for the embroidered shirt in Ukrainian national costume. Women wear dresses and men wear shirts. 

Here are some examples:

I just love this picture below of a woman with her cat all decked out for the celebration in May. This picture came from Euromaidan Press.

Love the dress above.

Pinterest Various

Found on, this website explains the history of the event better than I can:

Short history of Day of Vyshyvanka
Nationwide action ‘Day of Ukrainian vyshyvanka’ was launched by a student of history, political science and international relationships faculty in Chernivtsi National University Lesya Voroniuk in 2007.
She noted that students often wear embroidered clothes in University and suggested choosing single day to wear vyshyvanky altogether.
The first Day of Vysyhyvanka took place in 2007 when several dozens of students come to University in Ukrainian ethnic embroidered shirts.
In course of the following years festival reached nationwide level. Ukrainian diaspora and supporters of Ukraine from all over the world joined as well.

Why celebrating Vyshyvanka Day?

The main goal of such event is preservation of Ukrainian values and their popularization among youth and country’s population in general.
The holiday doesn’t include any mandatory measures except for wearing vyshyvanka. Still there can be concerts, parades, competitions, events and fairs on the initiative of students, professors, public and cultural figures.
The holiday itself stimulates every conscious citizen of Ukraine to a very simple act – just wear vyshyvanka before going to work or study.
However, this act has a deep psychological context as it comes to expression of national and civic position, cultural education and spiritual consciousness.
The experience proves that during Vyshyvanka Day people are always in high spirits with smile on their faces. Symbols of strength, prosperity, beauty and ancient amulets are encoded in this ethnic clothes.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Never Too Old

Today, I bought the most interesting book --- Advanced Style: Older & Wiser by Ari Seth Cohen

It caught my eye at the Swan Coach House room where they sell all the really fun, cute, one of kind fashion items and accessories.

This is the second book published in 2016. The previous book published about 8 years prior. 

One of things that I like about the whole idea, is that regardless of age, you can have your own style and be your own person. 

While some of the outfits in the book are wilder than Frankie's on Grace and Frankie
(Love Frankie, don't you?)


Other outfits reveal a ladylike elegance with a touch of whimsy.
Love the Panda pin.

Most of the focus of the book, documentary, and FB page is on style in New York. But older Southern women have along tradition of wearing what they want, when they want to, and not caring what anyone thinks. As Weezie says in Steel Magnolias:

                       "I am an old Southern woman, and I am supposed to wear funny clothes,
ugly hats and dig in the dirt."